During the Corona Virus pandemic we are available for telephone sessions for those unable or not comfortable in leaving their home and in need of counseling services. This is for NYS residents only.
We take insurances such as Independent Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Fidelis, Univera, Aetna, Cigna Humana, United Health Care, Medicare, Tricare, Beacon and other insurances. We also participate with many employee assistance programs (EAPs) to provide counseling sessions. You don't have to go through this alone.
"To help you to be the best you can be" by:
- Reaching healthy emotional, spiritual and physical balance
- Finding solutions/alternate strategies to cope with life stressors
Counseling Services are available to help de-stress, lower anxiety and treat depressive symptoms. Your satisfaction with Brightside Counseling Services is important to us. If your insurance deductibles are so high you are not able to follow up with counseling, talk with our staff about possible alternatives. Serving Genesee, Erie, and Niagara Counties.
About our team of providers
Charmaine Fanara, owner, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, (LCSW-R),MDIV, MPA who has provided counseling for 30 years in a variety of counseling settings. She treats those age 16 years old and older. She treats those with PTSD, depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, Adult ADHD, grief loss and personality disorders. She also helps those in life transitions and with eldercare issues. Charmaine accepts Fidelis insurance, IHA, Univera, BC/BS, Cigna, Aetna, Excellus, Value Options, Emblem Health, Tricare, NYS Empire plan, Humana, Beacon and other insurances, plus Employee Assistance Benefits.
She has three Master's Degrees including a Master's in Social Work, graduate of SUNY Buffalo, a Master's in Divinity graduate of Northeastern Seminary, and a Master's in Public Administration graduate of SUNY Brockport. She is also a Certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant(AFPA).
Charmaine is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce.
Barbara Christman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker works with individuals and couples of all ages and backgrounds in therapy. She enjoys working with older adolescents, families and adult individuals who are experiencing depression, anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, life transitions, illness, grief and loss, stress, women’s issues and relationship or family problems. She provides cognitive behavioral and supportive insight-oriented therapy. She works to create an environment that is at your pace and focused on creating a “safe space” for you. Some insurances are accepted.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 7 yrs. of experience who counsels those age 13 plus. She has inpatient psychiatric experience and experience in a supervisory and administrative role. She counsels individuals, parents and families. She specializes with: Adolescents , Behavioral problems , Parenting ,Work stress and related issues, Depression, Anxiety, Grief, Anger management/ behavioral control and Help for families experiencing mental health conditions of significant other. She accepts some EAPs and insurances.
Paul Pasternak, LMHC is an independent contractor with over 20 yrs. experience. He provides counseling for children ages 12+, teens, parents, individuals, couples and family concerns. He has a special interest in dealing with boys and men’s issues. He also provides counseling for anxiety, depression, grief, life transitions and adjustment concerns. Currently Paul accepts United Health Care, United Behavioral Health, Optum, Cigna and Cigna Employee Assistance and is awaiting approval for other insurance panels.